The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has sought an update from the Andrews Labor Government on plans to work with private care provider GenesisCare to establish a radiotherapy facility in Shepparton.
Ms Lovell has been a long-time advocate for radiotherapy services to be available in Shepparton to stop local cancer patients having to travel long distances to receive life-saving treatment away from family and friends.
Ms Lovell raised the matter during an adjournment debate in State Parliament this week and sought an update from Health Minister Jill Hennessy on the status of the Government’s negotiations with GenesisCare.
GenesisCare secured a $6.95 million Federal Government health program grant in November 2017 and the private care provider continues to seek support from the State Government.
Since the granting of the licence, Ms Lovell has continuously pushed the Andrews Labor Government to work with GenesisCare to ensure both public and private patients have access to radiotherapy services in Shepparton.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“While the Andrews Labor Government appear to sit on their hands and do nothing, Goulburn Valley cancer patients continue to travel away from their families and the comforts of home to receive life-saving radiotherapy treatment.”
“I have used the last parliamentary sitting week of the year to call on the Minister to provide an update on the Government’s negotiations to finally deliver local radiotherapy services.”